City Lights Authors in the News

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Beautiful Chaos
A Life in the Theater
Carey Perloff

"Interview with Carey Perloff, Artistic Director of San Francisco's ACT Theater"

Interview with Carey Perloff, Artistic Director of San Francisco's ACT Theater and author of Beautiful Chaos, is now in NYC directing Tom Stoppard’s "Indian Ink" at the Roundabout Theater.

-Ted Sod, Roundabout Blog Sep 2, 2014

Profile of Carey Perloff by Robert Hurwitt, SF Chronicle

A recent interview with Carey Perloff.

-Robert Hurwitt Nov 17, 2012

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Writing on the Wall
Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Mumia Abu-Jamal, Johanna Fernandez

"New York Times article 'Police Files on Radicals Are at Center of a Lawsuit.' "

Johanna Fernandez, editor of Writing on the Wall, is interviewed about her request for the NYPD to find and turn over documents on the Puerto Rican militant group the Young Lords.

- Colin Moynihan. The New York Times Aug 27, 2014

"Article about Mumia Abu-Jamal in Counterpunch"

Greg Ruggiero writes about the relationship between Mumia Abu-Jamal and the literary agent Francis Goldin in Counterpunch.

-Greg Ruggiero Jun 19, 2014

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The Poetry Deal
San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 5
Diane di Prima

"Interview with Thurston Moore"

Thurston Moore reflects on the importance of poetry in his songwriting, and his respect for Diane di Prima.

-Alyssa Pereira, Consequence of Sound Oct 19, 2014

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Man Alive
A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man
Thomas Page McBee

"Tell the Truth in the Truest Way Possible: A Conversation with Thomas Page McBee"

Thomas Page McBee in conversation with Marisa Crawford for Fanzine about Thomas's new memoir, Man Alive, and his new work exploring male gender.

-Marisa Crawford, Fanzine Oct 21, 2014

"Thomas Page McBee | Man Alive | Author Interview"

Thomas Page McBee is interviewed for Book Circle Online, the world's first online network with shows dedicated to the intimate discussion and dissection of various books. BCO also features one on one author interviews, and engages fellow fans via social media. The interview was recorded for the network’s YouTube channel and will appear as a podcast.

-Jeffrey Masters, Book Circle Online Oct 15, 2015

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Lit Up Inside
Selected Lyrics
Van Morrison

"Feature on Robert Birnbaum's 'Our Man in Boston' Blog"

"The big news for devotees of Van Morrison is that he has deigned to authorize a book of his lyrics entitled Lit Up Inside to be published by City Lights. The two hundred page tome will include one-third of the lyrics Morrison has written over the course of his career."

-Robert Birnbaum, Our Man in Boston Sep 9, 2014

"Publishers Weekly Feature on the 'Big Indie Books of Fall 2014.' "

"Lit Up Inside [is] a collection of Van Morrison's lyrics that the singer/songwriter specifically wanted published by City Lights and its founder Lawrence Ferlinghetti. . . . This is the only book that Morrison has ever endorsed in an official capacity. It brings together the lyrics of 100 songs from his 50-year, 40-album career. Introduction by Eamonn Hughes; foreword by David Meltzer."

-Judith Rosen, Publisher's Weekly Aug 22, 2014

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A Corner of the World
Mylene Fernández-Pintado

"A Corner of the World: Interview with Author Mylene Fernández-Pintado [Parts I & II]"

Mylene Fernández Pintado has been writing and publishing in Cuba, winning prizes and readers, since 1994. Her latest novel, La esquina del mundo, has just been published by City Lights as A Corner of the World, translated by Dick Cluster. Cluster's other new Cuban translation is Pedro de Jesús's Vital Signs, released this month by Diálogos Press in New Orleans. During Mylene’s recent visit to San Francisco, author and translator put together the following mutual interview about her work, their translation process, and more. Mylene’s responses, which were in Spanish, are translated by Dick.

-Kaija Straumanis, Three Percent Oct 20, 2014

"'The mechanic & the professor', an excerpt from Mylene Fernández-Pintado’s A Corner of the World"

An excerpt from the first chapter of A Corner of the World appears in the "Cuba Today" section of Cuba Absolutely.

-Mylene Fernández-Pintado (translated by Dick Cluster), Cuba Absolutely Jun 12, 2014

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Thousand Times Broken
Three Books
Henri Michaux

"A Turbulent Infinity at City Lights: Henri Michaux"

A personal account and review of the Henri Michaux event hosted by City Lights with Gillian Conoley and Garrett Caples.

-Steven Gray, Litseen Oct 2, 2014

"Thousand Times Broken Book Party filmed by and featured on Litseen"

Complete presentation and reading from the book release party for Thousand Times Broken by Henri Michaux, filmed by Litseen.

-Evan Karp, Litseen Sep 15, 2014

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The Violence of Organized Forgetting
Thinking Beyond America's Disimagination Machine
Henry A. Giroux

Essay "Beyond Orwellian Nightmares and Neoliberal Authoritarianism" on Truthout

"Central to George Orwell's nightmarish vision of a totalitarian society was a government so powerful that it not only dominated all of the major institutions in a society, but it also was quite adept at making invisible its inner workings of power. . . . "

-Henry A. Giroux, Truthout Oct 18, 2014

"Interview with Henry Giroux on Truthout"

Henry Giroux discusses the increasingly negative impact of neoliberalism across the world, politically, socially, economically and in terms of education, and he offers some suggestions for what we must do now.

-Michael Nevradakis, Truthout Oct 19, 2014

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Lunch Poems
50th Anniversary Edition
Frank O'Hara

"Los Angeles radio station KPCC discusses O'Hara"

Commentator Marc Haefele writes about arts and culture for KPCC's "Off-Ramp."  Here, he attends a reading of Frank O'Hara's Lunch Poems and muses on the connections.

-Marc Haefele, KPCC Sep 3, 2014

"Frank O'Hara's Lunch Poems reviewed by The Skinny"

"It is hard to believe half a century's passed since the publication of Frank O'Hara’s Lunch Poems... because its voice is in almost every way contemporary: worldly, ironic, sceptical, occasionally flip; but also sad, in a way that’s complex and under-the-surface and which maybe has something to do with the loss of transcendent belief."

-Jim Troeltsch, The Skinny Sep 2, 2014

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Nan Dòmi
An Initiate's Journey into Haitian Vodou
Mimerose Beaubrun

"Inside Haitian Vodou"

Madison Smartt Bell's preface to Nan Domi excerpted on Utne Reader.

- Madison Smartt Bell, Utne Reader Oct 6, 2014

"With Your Whole Being", An Excerpt of Nan Dòmi

An excerpt of Nan Dòmi appears in the Summer 2014 issue of Parabola.

-Mimerose P Beaubrun, Parabola May 27, 2014